Racine teens charged following drive-by shootings

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Two teens stand accused of two drive-by shooting incidents that happened on Dec. 5, according to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Damontae Hattix, 19, of Racine, and Deontel Person Jr., 17, of Racine, were charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide-party to a crime, use of a dangerous weapon and first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Hattix was also charged with possessing a dangerous weapon-person.

If convicted of all charges Hattix and Person Jr., both face up to 120 years, six months in prison and fined up to $75,000. Person Jr. could also be charged with an additional 5 years nine months in prison and/or fined up to $10,000 more.

According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Racine Police Department were called to a report of shots being fired at 4:34 p.m. Dec. 5 in the 1700 block of Carlisle Avenue.

A woman flagged down the officers on High Street and Carlisle Avenue. She told them she was driving with her two children in the car when it was “struck by something.” She saw a male jump into the passenger seat of a car, which sped off.  The woman pulled over and was going to turn the car around when she saw the car speed away. As they drove by, she was able to take two photos of the car. The officer noted that the woman’s car had a bullet hole in the front passenger side door.

During the investigation, officers learned Hattix and Person Jr. had shot at another car — which was being driven by a person they had a disagreement with — just prior to this shooting incident. That incident happened at 1733 Rapids Drive.

Hattix and Person Jr. followed the vehicle for several blocks and shot at the car. Reaching the end of an alley at High Street, the driver got out of the car because he didn’t see Hattix and Person Jr. anymore. While he assessed the damage, he saw them again and heard “at least six” gunshots.

The driver dove to the ground to avoid being shot at and went into a yard. A passenger was also still in his car during the shooting.

Hattix and Person Jr. then left the area. The man being shot at then got into his car and left the area to contact the police. The two were then picked up by a detective with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department for having tinted windows that were too dark.

When interviewed, Hattix said he recognized the driver of the car that was parked on Rapids Drive. He “really didn’t know him,” however, they had a “prior ‘beef.'” When Hattix saw him in front of a tobacco shop on Rapids Drive, the driver gestured that he may have a gun. But Hattix told police he didn’t see one.

When Person Jr. got into the car, Hattix told him to “go, go, go!” And they started to chase the car. When they drove through the alley, Person told Hattix “he’s gonna get out.” Thinking that he was going to shoot at them, Hattix put the car into reverse. he told police that Person Jr. got out of the car and he heard several gunshots.

Police later found five 9mm shell casings in the area.

A cash bond for Hattix and Person Jr. was set at $50,000. A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Wednesday in front of Racine County Court Commissioner John Bjelajac.